Unmarried cohabitation and union stability: testing the role of diffusion using data from 16 European countries

A.C. Liefbroer, E. Dourleijn

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Cohabitors and married people who cohabited before marriage have higher risks of union dissolution than people who married without prior cohabitation. However, these differences in union stability vary markedly between countries. We hypothesize that the impact of cohabitation on union stability depends on how far cohabitation has diffused within a society. We test this hypothesis with data from 16 European countries. The results support our hypothesis: former cohabitors run a higher risk of union dissolution than people who married without prior cohabitation only in societies in which cohabitation is a small minority or a large majority phenomenon.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)203-222
TijdschriftDemography
Volume43
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - 2006

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